Tallaght to get 14 new gardai to fight anti-social behaviour

by Padraig Conlon

Frightened Tallaght residents calling for an increased garda presence will be glad to hear the local station is to receive additional staff.

In recent months vicious attacks on buses, taxis and delivery drivers have left the local community outraged.

As well as these horrifying incidents, many residents have reported a rise in cases of serious anti-social behaviour which has made them reluctant to leave their homes.

Now following the recent graduation of garda recruits from Templemore an additional 14 gardai will be assigned to Tallaght.

Of the 202 new gardai who graduated on Friday 7th June, 182 of them are being sent to Dublin.

As well as the 14 being sent to Tallaght, Clondalkin and Rathfarnham stations are each getting four while Ronanstown and Lucan are both getting two additional officers respectively.

A newly elected local councillor, who has campaigned for additional garda resources for Tallaght prior to being elected has welcomed the news.

Speaking to Dublin Gazette following the announcement, Fine Gael Councillor Baby Pereppadan says there are still problems that need to be addressed.

“I received over 200 complaints from residents during my election campaign regarding the lack of Gardaí to control the anti-social behaviour happening in many areas in Tallaght, especially at night time and at the weekends,” he said.

“Local people are very annoyed with these problems and they’re also annoyed that when they ring Tallaght Garda Station sometimes no one answers the phone, this has to change.

“One promise that I gave our residents was to find a solution to this issue as well as to decrease the waiting time in the Garda station.

“I’ve been working hard over the past few months, calling and writing emails to many Gardaí and higher authorities including Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Local Government and Electoral Reform John Phelan and Superintendent Ian Lackey to emphasise the lack of Gardaí in our station and urge them to take action.

“I also met with our respective ministers and Garda officers a number of times, highlighting the urgency of this matter.

“Finally, the request of our residents has been answered.

“Now, my further aim regarding this issue is for us to have another Garda station in Citywest area.

“Tallaght is the largest town in South Dublin and one station alone cannot cater for the needs of the entire area.”

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